The NRJohnson Reading Shelf
You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.
– CS Lewis –
I’m a voracious reader who often gets asked what I’m in the middle of reading. To be truthful, I often read several books at the same time, oscillating between them depending on my mood. Some I pick up and read a chapter every few months, some I blaze through in a few hours.
John Wesley called himself a man of one book (the Bible) yet he read countless books over his lifetime. While it is important to read, there is no substitute for reading and studying the Word of God. If you want a great list of helps on getting started in Bible reading, check out these posts.
When I get a little money, I buy books;
and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.
– Erasmus –
Do note that the books below are a mix of Christian, business/leadership, history, health, and fiction. I tend to read from a wide range of genres though I do mainly focus on great Christian writing to deepen and enrich my life and mind. And I do occasionally read fiction while falling asleep at night. Also, realize this is what I am reading and don’t necessarily recommend every book listed below. We are compiling a list of great deeper Christian books which should be released soon, so stay tuned.
The links below are for those books at Amazon. If you choose to purchase any of these books, I encourage you to use these links — Amazon gives a portion of whatever you buy back to deeperChristian (at no additional cost to you). It’s a great way to support the work and ministry of deeperChristian and allows us the opportunity to create future resources.
- From the Library of AW Tozer: Selected Selections From Writers Who Influenced His Spiritual Journey (James Stuart Bell)
- Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices (Thomas Brooks)
- Heaven (Randy Alcorn)
- Story of John G. Paton (free on Kindle)
- EM Bounds on Prayer (EM Bounds)
- How to Read a Book (Rotimer Adler)
- The Seven Laws of the Learner (Bruce Wilkinson)
- Discipline (Elizabeth Elliot)
- The New How to Study Your Bible (Kay Arthur)
- Revival Fire (Wesley L. Duewel)
- Take the Stairs (Rory Vaden)
- Jim Elliot: Missionary Martyr (Susan Miller)
- Meet Mr. Smith (Eric & Leslie Ludy)
- Entreleadership (Dave Ramsey)
- How to Read the Bible (John MacArthur)
all time favorites I return to again and again
- Humility (Andrew Murray)
- They Found the Secret (V. Raymond Edman)
- Oswald Chambers: Abandon to God (David McCasland)
- My Utmost For His Highest (Oswald Chambers)
- Absolute Surrender (Andrew Murray)
- Why Revival Tarries (Leonard Ravenhill)
- Pursuit of God (AW Tozer)
- God’s Pursuit of Man (AW Tozer)
- Practicing the Presence of God (Brother Lawrence)
- God’s Gift to Women (Eric Ludy)
- Bravehearted Gospel (Eric Ludy)
- Mystery of Godliness/Saving Life of Christ (Ian Thomas)
- The Normal Christian Life (Watchman Nee)
- Being What You’ve Become (Stephen Manley)
- How to Live the Victorious Christian Life (Unknown Christian)
- At Home in Midford (Jan Karon)
- Samuel Brengle: Portrait of a Prophet (Clarence W. Hall)
I want to read but don’t have time!
I understand. I do. Though I don’t have a family, I often clock between 60-80 hours of ministry every week yet find time to read. In part that is because I make it a priority in my life. I fell in love with books when I was a kid and they have enriched my life in more ways than I can begin to describe. The key to reading is purposely doing it. We find time for things in our lives we deem important. Most of us spend several hours each day watching television and movies—surely you can sacrifice a little of that time to read a few pages. Even reading one book a month will be a huge benefit to your life within a year’s time: keeping your mind sharp, giving you a greater vocabulary, calming your life, and giving you knowledge you may never have had. So don’t make excuses. Find a great book and jump in.